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The Hound of the Baskervilles
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alternative
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
an alternative plan
Let's think of at least three alternatives before we decide what to do.
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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amiable
5 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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audacious
4 uses
It was an audacious act of piracy.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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benevolent
2 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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conjecture
4 uses
She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 7
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2  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
College is quite a contrast to high school.
contrast = something notably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 8
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corroborate
2 uses
The detectives looked for evidence to corroborate her story.
corroborate = support
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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cunning
8 uses
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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Book8 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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discern
3 uses
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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dogged
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dogged by problems
The expedition was dogged by one problem after the next.
dogged = persistently annoyed; or followed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dogged means:
followed; or persistently annoyed
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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inquiry
13 uses
They created a commission of inquiry to look into the matter.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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melancholy
10 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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mitigate
2 uses
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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narrative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Narrative of the Life of...
He titled his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
narrative = Story
DefinitionGenerally this sense of narrative means:
a story
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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peasant
8 uses
Most people in the Middle Ages were peasants.
peasants = used historically: people of low income, education, and social standing
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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presumption   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
presumption of innocence
I presumed she was an expert since she spoke so confidently.
presumed = assumed something was true without proof
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumption means:
something thought of as true without proof
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Book1 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 12
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2  —1 use as in:
he is presumptuous
She is pushy and presumptuous. I can't stand to be around her.
presumptuous = exercising privileges to which one is not entitled — such as being too familiar or too bossy
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Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
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prosaic
2 uses
It was a prosaic and unimaginative essay.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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revere
3 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 13
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